A Maharashtra minister on Saturday opposed the central government’s new rules for social media and over-the-top (OTT) platforms, calling them a “threat to democracy” and “dictatorship”. . State IT Minister Satej Patil also said that these rules need to be strongly opposed, as they violate the privacy of individuals and the rights of free speech given by the Constitution.
“There is a need to fight strongly against this move of the Center. Such dictatorial rules will not be accepted by the people of this democratic country,” he said. Patil said that some bureaucrats have decided what should be published on any media platform and what is not, it is an attack on freedom of press in India.
Talking about the arrest of activist Disha Ravi for allegedly being involved in sharing a toolkit on social media related to the Farmers Protest, a senior Congress leader from Kolhapur said that The entire episode was done to suppress the voices of those who are exercising their freedom of speech. A Delhi court recently granted bail to the worker.
The center announced extensive regulations for social media firms, such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as OTT players such as Netflix, on February 25, asking them to remove any content marked by authorities within 36 hours and a complaint with an official A redressal mechanism will need to be established.
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